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Christmas Traditions

November 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


“There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas” – Charles Dickens

The traditions of Christmas seem to have a timeless quality when we first experience them as children, but, as George Goodwin shows, though many are very ancient, others are surprisingly modern. In his highly-illustrated and witty presentation, George takes in the origins of the carol service, the role of St Francis of Assisi, the Puritan fear of the mince pie, the time when turkeys wore boots, the American invention of Santa Claus and much more…

George Goodwin’s talk coincides with the British Library’s publication of his fourth book Christmas Traditions, which, like the talk itself, is highly-illustrated from the BL’s own magnificent collection. In association with the Kew Bookshop, copies will be available for sale on the day at St Anne’s and George will be delighted to sign copies and add a “Merry Christmas” personal dedication. As well as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, George is an Eccles Centre Makin Fellow at the British Library.

Tickets for this event are £20, to include coffee to be served from 10.30 and a light lunch and a glass of wine served after the talk, and may be purchased online here or at the church only on the second Sunday each month preceding the event. All Friends are eligible for a £5 discount.

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November 16, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


St Anne’s Church
Kew Green
Kew, TW9 3AA
020 8940 4616